I recommend Tom Bird. You can get a lot of inspiration and information, audio etc. from his site. Most interesting is his lecture on publishing - great info for those just starting out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkXiYzfHu7E
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current weight: 194.0
Fitness Minutes: (93,113) Posts: 14,070 1/20/14 4:20 P
Nothing like being told that your writing is "mean and lean." I'll have to dig out one of my health tips - I've written exactly 2,249 of 'em - and send them through the website to see whether I'm wordy or wise.
Is that like being naughty or nice?
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. - C. S. Lewis
That's pretty neat. I took the first 700 words of my novel and got Fit and Trim. Still needs a ton of work though. Then I took the last 700 words and got Fit and Trim as well. I know my first thousand words or so of it are way better than the last ( I got super lazy when I just wanted to 'finish'. It is an interesting tool, but yeah, you have to make intelligent decisions on what to improve on your own.
I will admit it did give me a bit of a self confidence boost.
When friends tell you how awesome you look, drop the "I still have more to go" crap. You worked hard and you deserve the compliment! ~Jillian Michaels
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Fitness Minutes: (93,113) Posts: 14,070 12/11/13 4:41 P
Here is a site where you can check how "lean" or "flabby" your writing is. There is a free tool to use, but it will only analyze up to a 1000 words.
I gave it a sample of my writing (500+ words) and it told me my prose was "good and lean". I took that rating under advisement, but didn't get too excited. As a technical writer, I had to do away with a lot of superfluous wordage to keep some of the manuals down to 2-3 inches thick.
The inventor of this system admits that this is not the "be all, end all" solution to your writing because it doesn't take any of your style into account. She admits to testing both Hemingway and Faulkner's writing with very different results..
Hemingway wrote tight paragraphs throughout his books, and the sample she used gave his writing a "lean, muscular" rating. As if you couldn't tell that just by reading.
Faulkner, however, came back as "flabby". With his use of adverbs and adjectives, I'm not really surprised at that, either.
If you find yourself meandering along in your story, you might want to take a peek at this tool. It may be just what you need to get a good, tight hold on your book/short story, etc. Then again it may not.
The author made another BIG POINT. While this little tool can help you tighten your work up, it can't tell you if your writing is "Great, good, passable or awful". (See Faulkner reference above,)
Good luck and good learning. Remember that writing teaches you what works (or your critics will tell you what doesn't work). If you get 5 sets of feedback that intimates that you should change part of the way you write, don't be upset. The critiques should not be biting or acerbic, but if someone insists on trying to browbeat you just because they can, hit the delete key and remove them from your writing life.
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